Organizations applying for grant assistance will declare their project as fitting in one of three tiers:
Tier I: Grants up to $2,000
Tier I projects are smaller in scale or scope and are typically coordinated by neighborhood or community organizations. Requests for this tier of grant assistance will be paired with a city department that will provide oversight to ensure that the project follows best practices and is completed in compliance with city codes and ordinances. Examples of Tier I projects include: raised garden beds, soil testing, picnic tables, rain barrels, garden tools, seeds, soil, compost systems, biodigester system, cosmetic improvements, etc.
Tier II: Grants from $2,000 to $10,000
Tier II projects are average to larger in scale and scope and will involve a joint effort between a neighborhood or community organization and an environmental or social advocacy agency. Requests for this tier of grant assistance are presented by the sponsoring advocacy agency, who will provide oversight to ensure the project follows best practices. A city department will be paired with each Tier II project to ensure that all applicable permits are obtained, and the project complies with city codes and ordinances. Examples of Tier II projects include: a large number of raised garden beds, fencing, garden equipment, installation of a micro-irrigation system, the creation of a food forest project, a garden shed, bioswales, creation of a well, building a shade structure, etc.
Tier III: Grants over $10,000
Tier III projects are large in scale and scope and will involve a joint effort between multiple neighborhood or community organizations, environmental or social advocacy agencies, and city departments. Requests for this tier of grant assistance are presented as a partnership between a lead advocacy agency and city department. These projects should have a significant community presence and are typically the result of a focused dialogue in response to a community need. Tier III projects must have a specific goal or outcome that incorporates two or more of the goals and objectives of the Clearwater Greenprint Plan. Applicants must include a mechanism by which projects are evaluated to measure impact and success. Examples of Tier III projects include: a small solar energy system, a large shade structure for outdoor classes, etc.